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Michael Bloomberg gives $200K to education reform group

By staff and wire services reports
November 2nd, 2012

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave $200,000 to Education Voters of Idaho, a nonprofit group championing three education reform laws known as Students Come First, which will be addressed on the Nov. 6 ballot as Propositions 1, 2 and 3, the Huffington Post reports. The laws would limit collective bargaining rights for teachers, implement merit pay and eventually grant a laptop to every high school teacher and student. According to StateImpact Idaho, “Yes” votes will keep the laws in place, while “No” votes will repeal them. EVI purchased television ads supporting the laws and originally meant to keep its list of donors secret, claiming the group was not a political committee with disclosure obligations. However, Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa challenged the group’s contention in court, and on Monday Fourth District Judge Mike Wetherell ruled that EVI was required to disclose campaign finance activity under Idaho’s Sunshine act, KTVB reports…

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